Are most power plants just large steam generators?



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    Not exactly. Power plants are all electricity generators but they differ based on the type of turbine used for electricity generation and the kind of fuel used to drive the turbine. Generally speaking, turbines can be driven by steam, water, gas, and wind. In the case of steam turbines, the kind of fuel or energy source used includes coal, natural gas, nuclear fission, and geothermal energy.

    I think what you are asking is whether the turbines in most power plants are steam-driven, and the answer is yes (at least in the United States where coal plants are prevalent). As mentioned above, coal-fired power plants utilize steam turbines to generate electricity and these plants are one of the most relied-upon energy sources in the United States. You can read more about the U.S.’s energy sources here. You can also check out this short video to see how a coal-fired plant works to create electricity.

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